About Us


Miriam Riseborough

School Principal

Miriam Riseborough gained a scholarship to train at Bush Davies School,East Grinstead from the age of 11 and continued her training at Central School of Ballet.

After successfully completing her training Miriam is now an R.A.D Examiner and is one of only four in the UK to be appointed to the Panel of Examiners of the Royal Academy of Dance.

The school has successfully had students gain places at many prestigious ballet schools in the UK in addition to mentoring students who have gone on to become Royal Academy of Dance registered teachers.

Maria Del Carmen BarinowskyOur Founder
The school was founded over 20 years ago by the late Maria Del Carmen Barinowsky who trained at Hammond. Maria devoted her career to teaching and inspiring a love of ballet in young people in South Wales. After deciding that she would lessen her work load and teach only in Cardiff, the school was subsequently passed to her former pupil Miriam Riseborough [the present Principal] in the knowledge that the school she had nurtured would be in capable hands.






Michelle Harrison BA (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, RTS

Michelle is a classically trained ballet dancer and RAD teacher, who has a BA Honours degree in Ballet Education. She is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and has achieved her Advanced 2 vocational ballet examination. She started learning ballet at the age of five here in Bedwas Workman’s Hall with the school’s founder Maria Barinowsky and later it’s current principal Miriam Riseborough, then moved to London at the age of sixteen to be vocationally trained in professional dance at Central School of Ballet. She was a junior and mid-associate with The Royal Ballet for 5 years, with London Junior Ballet for 2 years and attended several renowned ballet and contemporary summer schools. She has taught ballet in Canada’s capital city Ottawa; winning awards at top North American dance competitions and staging theatre shows, and is now based in South Wales teaching at various ballet schools and fitness centres in the area. Please visit www.facebook.com/michelleballetclasses for more info.



Autumn Term 2016 Timetable

Bedwas and Penarth Autumn 2016

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Miriam Riseborough School of Ballet
St Augustines Community Parish Hall
Albert Road
CF64 1BX

Bedwas Art Centre
Newport Road
Bedwas, Caerphilly
CF83 8BJ

Telephone: 029 2070 9679 / 07977 898 622
Email: mail@miriamriseboroughschoolofballet.co.uk